35 things to do in York over the Easter holidays 2015

[raw][/raw]Children get stuck in to the York Chocolate Festival

Spring into the Easter holidays with happiness in your heart and a box of chocs in your bag. For the full lowdown check out our awesome What’s On guide.

Easter egg hunts

How many will you find?
How many will you find?

Jorvik Viking Centre

Sat Apr 4 @ 10am-3pm (last participants: 1pm)

£2.50

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This is the Lord Mayor’s Easter egg hunt, no less. Set out on a city-wide quest for chocolate – solve the puzzles to visit historic locations around York; play games and gather the treats, with a special prize when you reach your final destination.

York Castle Museum

Daily till Sun Apr 12

From free to £10

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Can you follow the special Easter Trail around the museum and solve all the clues to be in with a chance to win a special chocolate egg?

Yorkshire Museum

Daily, till Apr 12

Free-£7.50

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Eggs are hidden around the old museum. Can you find them all?

Treasurer’s House

Till Apr 12

£3.60-£7.20

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Follow the clues to find the prize, and explore this amazing historic house at the same time.

Beningbrough Hall

Apr 3-6

£2

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Explore an Easter egg trail fit for princes and princesses, have photos taken with the Easter Bunny, and decorate an egg in the artrageous workshop.

Fulford Cross Allotments

Apr 4

Free

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Organised by York’s intercultural group YUMI, this is a family friendly quest for eggs which also involves a picnic, games and storytelling.

Piglets Adventure Park

Till Apr 12

£5.95-6.95

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An Easter egg hunt is only part of the fun at Piglets, on Towthorpe Moor Lane. There’s also lambing, egg decorating and tractor rides…

Castle Howard

Apr 4-Apr 6

£7.50-£15

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The Easter egg trail is only one part of the Castle Howard holiday offering. There’s also a traditional fairground, a chance to meet Molly the rabbit and a magician.

Chocolate treats

Children get stuck in to the York Chocolate Festival
Children get stuck in to the York Chocolate Festival

York Chocolate Festival

Fri Apr 3-Mon Apr 6

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It’s Easter, and the home of chocolate goes cocoa-bean crazy with workshops, tastings, walks, music – anything and everything, so long as it tastes of chocolate. Hurrah!

York’s Chocolate Story

Till Apr 13

£8.50-£10.50

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Find out how Rowntree’s, Terry’s and Cravens made some of Britain’s most famous Easter confectionery, and how you make a 3ft tall chocolate egg.

York Dungeon – Death By Chocolate

Till Apr 13

£6.95-£15.95

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Like your chocolate dark? The Dungeon has a pop-up Easter shop of sweet treats – but be careful because there’s a poisoner on the loose…

Giant chocolate bar unwrapped in York – only 140,000 calories…

Chocfest at Goddards

Apr 1-6

££2.75-£5.50

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At the former home of confectionery supremo Noel Terry, take a Terry’s chocolate trail, try a Chocolate Lemon for a change and take a blind taste test.

Shopping

Will this be a York Does Vintage start to your Easter hols?
Will this be a York Does Vintage start to your Easter hols?

York Does Vintage, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Mar 29

£1-£2

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Take a trip back in time. Stalls will be selling everything from vintage clothing to homeware, while there is afternoon tea, a beauty parlour and live music.

Get in for half price if you quote ‘YorkMix’ on arrival.

Living North Fair

Fri Mar 27-Sun Mar 29

£5-£7

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Nothing says “holiday” like a shopping spree. And there’s no bigger lifestyle and shopping exhibition in these parts than the one at York Racecourse hosted by Living North. Lots of lovely stuff for your home and garden, plus gifts, food and drink.

Spring Into Shambles Market

Fri Apr 3-Mon Apr 6

Free

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To celebrate its £1.6 million relaunch, Shambles Market stages its first event. As well as the stalls there’ll be face painting, an Easter Bunny trail and entertainers.

26 reasons why Shambles Market will change York for good

History

A menu from a York feast at the time of RIchard III, as seen in the Yorkshire Museum
A menu from a York feast at the time of RIchard III, as seen in the Yorkshire Museum

Richard III Experience

Daily, 10am-4pm

£2-£3.50

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A new exhibition to mark the reburial of York’s favourite dead royal. Includes the skeleton of a War Of The Roses soldier and the barrel of the oldest gun in Europe.

Oldest gun barrel in Europe revealed at Richard III museum

Yorkshire Museum goes Medieval

Daily, till Apr 12

Free to £7.50

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The museum goes all medieval over Easter. Find out how people celebrated festivals – including Easter – during Richard III’s reign.

York’s new Richard III exhibition looks afresh at king and country

Eden Camp – WWII Living History Weekend

Apr 4

£5.50-£6.50

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These wartime weekends really do evoke a time of blitz spirit, austerity and community, thanks to the commitment of the reenactors involved.

Stories and crafts

One-a-penny, two-a-penny… Georgie-O'Farrell with some Castle Museum hot cross buns
One-a-penny, two-a-penny… Georgie-O’Farrell with some Castle Museum hot cross buns

York Literature Festival

Till Sun Mar 29

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Loads more events over the last weekend of this year’s Lit Fest, including the results of the poetry competition co-organised with YorkMix, and a showing plus Q&A of York movie The Knife That Killed Me.

York Castle Museum

Daily, till Apr 12

Free to £10

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Easter themed arts and crafts, plus the egg and spoon race. And try your hand at making Victorian hot cross buns in the Castle kitchen.

York Explore – Spring stories and crafts

Tue Mar 31

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Perfect fun for everyone, but especially those aged eight and under, Make a bunny and listen to stories.

Fairfax House – The Town House Mouse Trail

Sat Mar 28

Free-£6

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Gregory the mouse has left a trail around the various grand rooms. On the way round you’ll be able to hear stories and have your face painted.

Acomb Explore – Eggtastic Storytime Fun

Thu Apr 2 & Thu Apr 9

Free

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A free event for the under fives, featuring stories, activities and a singalong.

Fairfax House – All Fools Day event

Wed Apr 1

£6-£8.50

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Listen to stories of fools and try to keep a straight face while playing a game of Sausages. (We’re not sure either.)

Transport fun

Young and old can enjoy Playing Trains at the NRM
Young and old can enjoy Playing Trains at the NRM

National Railway Museum – Playing Trains

Daily

Free

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What is it that children love about trains? In this new interactive exhibition young and old can have fun finding out, with stories, track building, toy engines and more.

York Model Railway Show

Apr 4-Apr 6

£0-£9

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There’s something irresistible about the miniature world of model trains. Forty working layouts and more than 100 stands are at York Racecourse to showcase the best in scale railways.

Yorkshire Air Museum – Rolling Thunder Day

Apr 11

£4-£8

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A chance to see hear the engines of some amazing old aircraft roar into life as they rumble down the runway.

Shows and cinema

Maya Tether, who plays Tracy Turnblad, and the York Stage Musicals company in rehearsals for Hairspray
Maya Tether, who plays Tracy Turnblad, and the York Stage Musicals company in rehearsals for Hairspray

Hairspray – Grand Opera House

Mar 27-Apr 4

£18-£25.90

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Welcome to the Sixties! One of the best musicals of modern times gets the York Stage Musicals treatment, as we follow Tracy Turnblad’s attempt to become a TV star in Baltimore.

Lord Mayor of York’s Charity Gala Concert, York Barbican

Sun Mar 29

£12-£14

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A wealth of local talent line up to entertain you while raising money for the Lord Mayor’s charities.

Beauty And The Beast, York Barbican

Tues Mar 31 @ 2pm and

£17-£19

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Bobby Davro and Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer return to the Barbican for another Easter panto. Expect music, jokes and general silliness.

Swan Lake Ballet

Apr 3-5

£20-£30

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Put a spring in your step this, er, spring with some outstanding artistry from the internationally acclaimed Moscow City Ballet.

Magic Hatter

Sun Mar 29 (Riccall Regen Centre) and Sat Apr 4 (Acomb Working Men’s Club

£5

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Spring has sprung and there’s magic in the air in this family show.

Shaun The Sheep Fancy Dress Eggstravaganza, City Screen

Apr 3

£6-£9

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Not just a chance to watch this classic dialogue-free movie by Aardman, but also the opportunity to scoop a prize for best costume.

York Minster – Inheritance

Sun Mar 29

£5-£10

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The biblical passion retold with a dramatic new narrative by Riding Lights Theatre.

Church services

Easter at York Minster
Easter at York Minster

York Minster

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Minster events

All of York’s churches will be celebrating Easter with services over the holy days. Services in the Minster include Choral Matins and outdoor baptisms by the Archbishop of York.